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100 Day Countdown

Notre Dame 2016 Season kicks off in 100 Days

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Notre Dame fans, the countdown continues for the Fighting Irish to return to Notre Dame Stadium. There are only 100 days until the first home Game Day of the 2016 season here in South Bend on 9-10-16!

Our team is busy planning for an exciting season and we cannot wait to share it with you! Until then, if you’re planning to come to campus for a game, be sure to make your arrangements early! To help you plan your visit to South Bend, you can find information on the travel options linked below.

Hotels

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  2. Visit South Bend

Airports

PLEASE NOTE Chicago is on CENTRAL TIME, 1 hour behind ND in eastern time.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)

Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

South Bend Airport (SBN)

On Campus

As you plan your trip, remember that we have multiple events happening around campus on Football Fridays including free Stadium Tunnel Tours, the Pep Rally, as well as faith, service, arts, and athletics events. You won’t want to miss everything that Notre Dame has to offer on a home game weekend! Be sure to follow our Twitter for additional information. Parking, tickets, tailgating, dining, maps, stadium policies, and more can be found here on our website!

If you have questions please feel free to email the Game Day team at gameday@nd.edu. We are happy to help in any way we can!

Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming season! We look forward to seeing fans and guests for all of our home games. We’ll see you in 100 days for the for Notre Dame vs. Nevada on September 10th at 3:30pm ET!

Go Irish!

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Sunshine

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A beautiful site and building every day, today just happened to catch the sun reflecting on the Main Building and shining in the perfect spot!

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2017 Notre Dame Football Schedule

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Notre Dame fans can begin to plan their 2017 football tailgates and trips to campus, as the ’17 schedule is available. There will be seven home games for fans and guests to experience the Campus Crossroads Project completion and enhancements to Notre Dame Stadium.

2017 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Date Opponent Location
Sept. 2 TEMPLE Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Sept. 9 GEORGIA Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Sept. 16 Boston College Alumni Stadium, Chestnut, Hill, Massachusetts
Sept. 23 Michigan State Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
Sept. 30 MIAMI (Ohio) Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Oct. 7 North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Oct. 21 USC Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Oct. 28 N.C. STATE Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Nov. 4 WAKE FOREST Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Nov. 11 Miami (Fla.) New Miami Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Nov. 18 NAVY Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Nov. 25 Stanford Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California

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2016 Commencement Information

Guest Access and Seating

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Prohibited Items inside Notre Dame Stadium

Items Prohibited at the Sunday morning University Commencement Ceremony include:

  • Air horns
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Backpacks
  • Balloons, beach balls, or frisbees
  • Containers of any type—glass bottles (perfume, drink bottles, etc.), cans or thermoses
  • Coolers, grocery bags, tote bags, or duffel bags
  • Drones: The University prohibits any use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or Drones, on campus. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits the operation of any UAS within a 5 mile radius of an airport. Given the University’s proximity to the South Bend International Airport (SBN), any use of UAS on campus is strictly prohibited.
  • e-Cigarettes, matches, lighters, smoking, or tobacco
  • Explosives or fireworks
  • Food or beverage
  • Laser lights or pointers
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Metal objects
  • Portable seatbacks
  • Any object that can be used as a projectile
  • Purses or bags larger than 12”x12”x12”
  • Selfie Sticks, poles, or tripods
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects
  • Signs, banners, or posters
  • Spray containers, aerosols, or flammable liquids
  • Umbrellas
  • Unopened packages of any kind (i.e. graduation presents).
  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, ammunition or knives (regardless of size)

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Fighting Irish Football

2016 Kickoff Times & 2017 Schedule

By John Heisler

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame has announced kickoff times for its six home football games for the 2016 season (and for its off-site home game against Army at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas) in addition to the complete 2017 Irish football schedule.

Here are the 2016 and 2017 schedules, with most times for road games in 2016 yet to be determined:

2016 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 4 at Texas TBD
Sept. 10 NEVADA 3:30 p.m. EDT NBC
Sept. 17 MICHIGAN STATE 7:30 p.m. EDT NBC
Sept. 24 DUKE 3:30 p.m. EDT NBC
Oct. 1 vs. Syracuse TBD
(MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey)
Oct. 8 at NC State TBD
Oct. 15 STANFORD 7:30 p.m. EDT NBC
Oct. 22 Bye Week
Oct. 29 MIAMI 3:30 p.m. EDT NBC

Nov. 5 vs. Navy 11:30 a.m. EST CBS
(EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida)
Nov. 12 Army 2:30 p.m. CST NBC
(Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas) Shamrock Series
*Nov. 19
VIRGINIA TECH 3:30 p.m. EST NBC
Nov. 26 at USC TBD

2017 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Sept. 2* TEMPLE Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Sept. 9 GEORGIA Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Sept. 16 Boston College Alumni Stadium, Chestnut, Hill, Massachusetts
Sept. 23 Michigan State Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
Sept. 30 MIAMI (Ohio) Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana

Oct. 7 North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Oct. 14 Bye Week
Oct. 21 USC Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Oct. 28 N.C. STATE Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana

Nov. 4 WAKE FOREST Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Nov. 11 Miami (Fla.) New Miami Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Nov. 18 NAVY Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Nov. 25 Stanford Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California

Stanford (16th appearance at Notre Dame Stadium in 2016) last played at Notre Dame in 2014. Michigan State (43rd appearance at Notre Dame, 32nd at Notre Dame Stadium) most recently played at Notre Dame Stadium in 2013. Miami comes to Notre Dame Stadium in 2016 for the first time since 1990 and makes its 10th appearance overall in Notre Dame’s home facility. Duke has made three previous appearances at Notre Dame Stadium (1958, 1966, 2007). Nevada and Virginia Tech will be facing Notre Dame in 2016 for the first time, home or away.

Nine of the 2016 Notre Dame opponents played in postseason bowl games following the 2015 season – including Nevada (7-6, won Arizona Bowl over Colorado State), Michigan State (12-2, lost Cotton Bowl to Alabama in College Football Playoff semifinal), Duke (8-5, won Pinstripe Bowl over Indiana), North Carolina State (7-6, lost Belk Bowl to Mississippi State), Stanford (12-2, won Rose Bowl over Iowa), Miami (8-5, lost Sun Bowl to Washington State), Navy (11-2, won Military Bowl over Pittsburgh), Virginia Tech (7-6, won Independence Bowl over Tulsa) and USC (8-6, lost Holiday Bowl to Wisconsin). Three of Notre Dame’s 2016 opponents finished in the final Associated Press poll for 2015—#3 Stanford, #6 Michigan State and #18 Navy.

The 2017 schedule will feature seven home games for the first time since 2010, as the Irish take a one-year break from their Shamrock Series games.

“In 2017, the first year in which we will compete in the renovated stadium, we thought it was important to maximize the opportunity for our fans to attend a home game,” said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics. “We look forward to restoring the Shamrock Series tradition in 2018 and the years beyond.”

All of the stadium renovations associated with Campus Crossroads, the $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will be completed by the start of the 2017 season. Laboratories, classrooms and offices for the anthropology and psychology departments will occupy four levels of the nine-story building on the east side of the stadium, with one level devoted to a digital media center. Space designed to enhance student development and formation will fill the first five levels of the nine-story building linked to the west side of the stadium. Both buildings will be topped by stadium seating and media accommodations. A structure connected to the south side of the stadium will house the Department of Music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program. To request Notre Dame football season tickets, visit UND.com/FootballTickets or call 574-631-3500.

Please note that South Bend observes Eastern time (including DST) year-round. In 2016, daylight time ends and standard time begins on Sunday, Nov. 5.

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2016 Commencement

Guest Access and Seating

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Prohibited Items inside Notre Dame Stadium

Items Prohibited at the Sunday morning University Commencement Ceremony include:

  • Air horns
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Backpacks
  • Balloons, beach balls, or frisbees
  • Containers of any type—glass bottles (perfume, drink bottles, etc.), cans or thermoses
  • Coolers, grocery bags, tote bags, or duffel bags
  • Drones: The University prohibits any use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or Drones, on campus. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits the operation of any UAS within a 5 mile radius of an airport. Given the University’s proximity to the South Bend International Airport (SBN), any use of UAS on campus is strictly prohibited.
  • e-Cigarettes, matches, lighters, smoking, or tobacco
  • Explosives or fireworks
  • Food or beverage
  • Laser lights or pointers
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Metal objects
  • Portable seatbacks
  • Any object that can be used as a projectile
  • Purses or bags larger than 12”x12”x12”
  • Selfie Sticks, poles, or tripods
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects
  • Signs, banners, or posters
  • Spray containers, aerosols, or flammable liquids
  • Umbrellas
  • Unopened packages of any kind (i.e. graduation presents).
  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, ammunition or knives (regardless of size)

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Security measures announced for 2016 University Commencement Ceremony

Due to the participation of Laetare Medal co-recipient Vice President Joe Biden, additional security measures will be in place at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st University Commencement Ceremony May 15 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.

The academic processional will begin at approximately 9 a.m., but guests are encouraged to arrive early due to expected delays as everyone will be required to pass through airport-style security checkpoints operated by U.S. Secret Service personnel. All attendees must have a ticket for admission. Guests can enter beginning at 7 a.m. through Gate A on the stadium’s northeast corner and Gate C on the south end.

Many common items will be prohibited at Commencement, including umbrellas; purses or bags larger than 12 by 12 by 12 inches; personal seatbacks; backpacks; signs or banners; unopened packages or gifts of any kind; containers of any type including bottles, cans or thermoses; coolers; grocery bags, tote bags, duffel bags and more. Strollers are permitted and will be subject to screening by U.S. Secret Service personnel, which may cause a delay in stadium entry. For a complete list of prohibited items, visit commencement.nd.edu/commencement-weekend/ceremony-tickets/prohibited-items/.

Attendees are encouraged to check carefully their belongings before entering the security checkpoint lines. Storage will not be provided for items prohibited for admission, meaning prohibited items must be discarded or returned to a personal vehicle. Water and other beverages will be available for purchase at stadium concession stands.

If severe weather is a concern, the decision to move the ceremony indoors will be announced by 10:30 p.m. May 14 (Saturday) to allow the Secret Service sufficient time to move security checkpoints to the Joyce Center. This decision will be broadly communicated via the NDAlert system, through local news outlets, email messages, online at commencement.nd.edu and on University social media accounts.

In the case of severe weather, graduating students will need their “graduate ticket” to enter the Joyce Center. Participating faculty will need their “faculty ticket,” and guests will be required to have a “severe weather” ticket. General admission tickets will not be honored if the ceremony is moved to the Joyce Center.

Courtesy of University of Notre Dame Media Relations
By Sue Lister

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Irish in the NFL

2016 Draft

Selected in the first, second, third and fourth rounds of the 2016 NFL draft at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, IL, the last week of April 2016 will be memorable for seven former members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. With seven picks in the first four rounds, the 2016 Irish draft class matches the 1955, 1967, 1993 and 1994 draft classes for the most in school history at this elite stage.

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Joining first round selections offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (Baltimore Ravens) and Will Fuller (Houston Texans), linebacker Jaylon Smith, selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 34th overall pick and center Nick Martin, selected by the Houston Texans with the 50th overall pick in the second round. Cornerback KeiVarae Russell, selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 74th overall pick and running back C.J. Prosise, selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 90th overall pick in the third round and defensive tackle Sheldon Day selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round 103rd overall.

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Newly appointed Vice President

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Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed the University’s first vice president for campus safety and event management, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves announced Friday (April 29).

In the newly created position, Seamon will continue to lead Notre Dame Security Police, the Notre Dame Fire Department, the Risk Management and Safety Department and football Game Day Operations and emergency management, and he will take on oversight of the multiple components associated with event space on campus.

“From his days as a student at Notre Dame to roles with ever-increasing responsibility over the past 19 years, Mike has demonstrated superb organizational skills, an aptitude for anticipating challenges and the ability to work effectively with all members of the campus community,” Affleck-Graves said. “He is ideally suited to address what is a growing and critical need on campus, and I am pleased that he has accepted this new assignment.”

Said Seamon: “I am extremely grateful to Father John (Jenkins) and John Affleck-Graves for this opportunity to continue to serve the University in this new capacity. I’m excited and look forward to collaborating with the campus community, our alumni, guests and the broader region, particularly as the Campus Crossroads Project comes to life in 2017.”

Approximately 75 venues in 30 buildings are currently used for various events on campus, yet there is no centralized mechanism for booking, assigning space, coordinating setup, providing technology or other resources. The opening next year of several more such facilities in the Campus Crossroad Project surrounding Notre Dame Stadium will compound the problem.

Seamon has been charged with unifying the process associated with management of major events for all faculty, staff, students and outside groups that are planning and hosting conferences and other gatherings on campus. In addition, he will play an active role in the coordination of major institutional events, such as commencement, alumni reunion weekend, football game day operations, Junior Parents Weekend and University milestone celebrations.

A graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in management and a master of business administration degree, Seamon has served at his alma mater since 1997 after previously working as director of sales and marketing for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball.

Prior to his current position, Seamon was assistant vice president for university events, executive assistant to the executive vice president — for both Affleck-Graves and Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C. — and executive assistant to the vice president of finance and the vice president of business operations.

Seamon is a graduate of the South Bend/Mishawaka Leadership Program and has served as chair of the Logan Center’s Foundation Board of Trustees and on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County.

Courtesy of University of Notre Dame
By Dennis Brown

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2016 NFL Draft

Irish selected in the first round

Two Fighting Irish football players were seleceted in the first rounds of the he 2016 NFL Draft held Thursday evening in Chicago, IL at the Auditorium Theater.

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Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the sixth overall pick in the first round. Ronnie is the 64th former Irish player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Stanley becomes the sixth Notre Dame player ever drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and first since Kapron Lewis-Moore in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. Starting in all 39 games over the last three seasons, he was named a consensus All-American in 2015 by the NCAA. He was a first-team pick by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and The Sporting News. He also was a first-team selection by ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports, and a second-team choice by the Associated Press and Athlon Sports and a semifinalist for the 2015 Lombardi and Outland Trophies.

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Wide Receiver Will Fuller was selected by the Houston Texans with the 21st overall pick in the first round. He is the 65th former Irish player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Fuller becomes the fourth Notre Dame player ever drafted by the Houston Texans and first since Louis Nix III in the third round of the 2014 draft. Fuller ranks in the top 10 in five career receiving school records and ranks in the top 10 in eight single-season receiving school lists. He finished his career with 144 receptions for 2,512 yards and 30 touchdowns. In 2015, Fuller led Notre Dame in receptions, receiving yards, receiving yards per game and receiving TDs. He ranked fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in TD catches, 11th in yards per reception, 16th in receiving yards, 16th in receiving yards per game, tied for 34th in total TDs and 73rd in receptions per game. Fuller registered 15 receptions of at least 30 yards, 10 TD receptions of at least 30 yards and eight TD catches of 45 yards or longer. He eclipsed 100 yards receiving in seven games.

Stanley is the highest-drafted Notre Dame player since Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer in the 1993 draft, while Fuller is the highest-drafted Irish wideout since Arizona Cardinals Michael Floyd in the 2012 draft. Since the National Football League began drafting players in 1936, Notre Dame football players have been selected by NFL teams on 485 occasions.

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Blue Gold Parking and Gate Acess

BLUE GOLD 2016

  • All lots open at 8 am ET for the annual spring Blue Gold game.
  • Parking is free on a first come, first served basis.
  • Fans and guests can refer to the below maps for shuttle and accessibility information.
  • Gates A, C, and E will open to the public at 11:30 am ET.
  • The game kicks off at 12:30 pm ET on NBCSN at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • Tickets can be purchased at Murnane Family Ticket Office at Gate 9 Purcell Pavilion at Joyce Center at 8:30 am ET.
  • Be sure to check out what’s happening on campus!

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The 27th Shirt Unveiled

Since 1990, The Shirt has become part of the history of Notre Dame football and fans all around the world. Coach Brian Kelly and The 27th Shirt committee unveiled the 2016 The Shirt at Hammes Bookstore before the annual spring Blue Gold game! This year’s shirt is in tribute to Father Ted Hesburgh. Be sure to check out the wonderful history, tradition, and support The Shirt purchases provide!

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